- to make or keep cold or cool, as for preservation.
Origin of refrigerate
- to make or become frozen or cold, esp for preservative purposes; chill or freeze
Word Origin for refrigerate
1530s, back-formation from refrigeration, or else from Latin refrigeratus, past participle of refrigerare "make cool or cold." Related: Refrigerated; refrigerating. Earlier words in the same sense of "to make cold, to cool" were infrigiden, infrigidate (both early 15c.).